Ashbel P. Fitch

Ashbel P. Fitch

Champion of Old New York

eBook - 2011
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Explores the life of New York congressman Ashbel P. Fitch, who defended immigrant rights and championed diversity in New York City in the late 19th century, and who also served as the city's comptroller during the tumultuous Tammany Hall era.

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The concept of an "honest Tammany man" sounds like an oxymoron, but it became a reality in the curious career of Ashbel P. Fitch, who served New York City as a four-term congressman and a one-term city comptroller during the late nineteenth century. Although little known today, Fitch was well respected in his own day and played a pivotal role on both national and local stages. In the U.S. Congress, Fitch was a passionate advocate of New York City. His support of tariff reform and his efforts to have New York City chosen as the site for an 1892 World Exposition reflected his deep interest in issues of industrialization and urbanization. An ardent defender of immigrant rights, Fitch opposed the xenophobia of the times and championed cosmopolitan diversity. As New York’s comptroller, he oversaw the city’s finances during a time of terrible economic distress, withstanding threats from Tammany Hall on one side and from Mayor William L. Strong’s misguided reform administration on the other. In Ashbel P. Fitch, Remington succeeds in illuminating the independence and integrity of this unsung hero against the backdrop of the Gilded Age’s corrupt politics and fierce party loyalty.

Book News
This biography of gilded-age congressman Ashbel Fitch highlights the long and distinguished political career of the New York politician and his travails as an honest man against the backdrop of rampant corruption and vice. The work covers Fitch's role in national politics and his strong advocacy for policies that would benefit his constituents as well as his pro-immigrant stance and desire to re-make New York as an international cosmopolitan city. The work includes several black and white photographs as well as appendices containing important speeches made by Fitch. Remington is an independent historian and the great grandson of Ashbel Fitch. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Syracuse, NY : Syracuse University Press, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780815651642
Characteristics: 1 online resource (328 pages)


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